More than three dozen die in bootleg liquor poisoning

Number Of Deaths Rises To 29 In Uttar Pradesh Poisonous Liquor Tragedy

Number Of Deaths Rises To 29 In Uttar Pradesh Poisonous Liquor Tragedy

As per locals, there was a fair in the village on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya and a lot of people had consumed the spurious liquor. At least 12 people have died in Uttrakhand's Roorkee while 16 were reported dead from Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur and Kushinagar districts, reported ANI. "The condition of those who are hospitalised is stable", said Saharanpur, District Magistrate, AK Pandey.

Thirty-nine people have died in northern India and more than two dozen others have fallen sick after drinking bootleg liquor containing toxic methanol.

In an unrelated incident in eastern UP's Kushinagar district, eight other people have died over the last three days, allegedly after drinking spurious liquor.

"We have directed health officials to provide all possible assistance to the people that have been admitted in hospital because of the tragedy".

On Thursday, they consumed liquor at the event and some of them brought a few liquor packs back to Saharanpur.

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The DM added that 14 persons, including 10 policemen and four excise officials have been suspended.

The majority of the deaths were reported from the village of Balpur in Uttarakhand.

The governments in both the states have taken cognizance of the deaths due to spurious liquor.

Taking strong note of some recent hooch deaths in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Friday ordered a 15-day joint drive by excise and police officials against those involved in the spurious liquor trade. Adityanath has also announced Rs 2-lakh compensation for the families of those who died and Rs 50,000 each for those undergoing treatment. The reports said that the deceased had consumed alcohol during a funeral procession.

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